Mackenzie and Tanquinho on ‘couples challenge’ against Leandro Lo and Luiza @ Copa Podio



Source: Tatame (translated from Portuguese)

In addition to a GP with the best heavyweights in the world, the Copa Podia of Jiu-Jitsu, which happens this Sunday (13) in Rio de Janeiro, will feature an interesting battle between two couples.

Augusto Mendes “Tanquinho” and Leandro Lo will be the first fight, as their girlfriends, Mackenzie Dern and Luiza Monteiro will face off.

Tanquinho and Mackenzie trained together for the competition in Megaton’s gym (Mackenzie’s father) in Phoenix and promised to come sharp.

“We started in the United States with Megaton, at his academy. We trained our physical preparation with the staff there. Arriving in Brazil, we intensified our preparation and trained with Joao Gabriel, who will fight the heavyweight GP at the acacdemy Soul Fighters (Tanquinho’s gym). Mackenzie was also in training Gracie Humaita “said Tanquinho.

Tanquinho and Leandro Lo have fought on three occasions: the duel is tied in kimono and Tanquinho won the last meeting  that happened last year, at the World No Gi, and became champion. For the leader of Soul Fighters, the fact that he already knows the opponent can be a positive thing.

“It’s good that we know our opponents well. I fought with him a few times, so it’s hard to be surprised. But Lo is the current world champion and has the possiblity to beat anyone and be prepared to face it. Although the last time we met was no gi, we’ve had  2 fights with kimono, with each of us winning once. Surely we will make a good fight, “he said.

Mackenzie Dern, Tanquinho’s girlfriend, will make her debut in competitions with his black belt at the waist, which was given to her by her father and master, champion Welington Megaton Dias. The 19 year old Brazilian/American, who began training at three years old, has already defined the strategy with her partner.

“If Tanquinho submits Lo, I have to finish or vice versa for the challenge to become tied. We are setting out a strategy, but come fight time everything can change right? i’ve Never fought against Luiza, only trained with her in the brown belt. I hope we win, “said Mackenzie.

“I’ve fought some black belts, like Marina, Kyra and gained enough experience. Now is the time to get my place among them. If I do not win, I will at least make a good fight. Luiza is tough, she comes with everything she’s got and it will be a great fight. I feel more prepared now that I am a black belt and I often meet these girls.

Check out the schedule of GP Copa Podio (Brazilian Time):


16:00 – OPENING

Manaus (Diego Borges / Checkmat) x Brasília (Rodrigo Reis / Tank Jiu-Jitsu)

17:50 –  (DUEL OF COUPLES)
Augusto Tanquinho (Soul Fighters) x Leandro Lo (Cicero Costha)
Mackenzie Dern (Gracie Humaita) x Luiza Monteiro (Cicero Costha)

18:10 – 1st ROUND OF GP
Alexandre Souza (Gracie Floripa) x Lúcio Lagarto (Gracie Barra / London)
Braga Neto (Gordo JJ / Old Port) x Bruno Bastos (Nova Uniao / USA)
Keenan Cornelius (Lyord Irvin) x Léo Nogueira (Alliance / São Paulo)
Rodolfo Vieira (GFTeam / Rio de Janeiro) x Alexandro Ceconi (Ceconi Team / Cricklewood)

18:45 – 2nd ROUND OF GP
John Gabriel (Soul Fighters / Rio de Janeiro) x Alexandre Souza (Gracie Floripa)
Lucio Lagarto (Gracie Barra / London) x Braga Neto (Gordo JJ / Old Port)
Xande Ribeiro (Ribeiro JJ / Los Angeles) x Keenan Cornelius (Lyord Irvin)
Léo Nogueira (Alliance / São Paulo) x Rodolfo Vieira (GFTeam / Rio de Janeiro)

19:20 – 3rd ROUND OF GP
Bruno Bastos (Nova Uniao / USA) x Alexandre Souza (Gracie Floripa)
John Gabriel (Soul Fighters / Rio de Janeiro) x Lúcio Lagarto (Gracie Barra / London)
Alexandro Ceconi (Ceconi Team / Cricklewood) x Keenan Cornelius (Lyord Irvin)
Xande Ribeiro (Ribeiro JJ / Los Angeles) x Léo Nogueira (Alliance / São Paulo)

19:55 – 4th ROUND OF GP
Braga Neto (Gordo JJ / Old Port) X Alexandre Souza (Gracie Floripa)
Bruno Bastos (Nova Uniao / USA) X John Gabriel (Soul Fighters / Rio de Janeiro)
Rodolfo Vieira (GFTeam / River January) X Keenan Cornelius (Lyord Irvin)
Alexandro Ceconi (Ceconi Team / Cricklewood) x Xande Ribeiro (Ribeiro JJ / Los Angeles)

20:30 – 5th ROUND (LAST) THE GP
Lucio Lagarto (Gracie Barra / London) X Bruno Bastos (Nova Uniao / USA)
Braga Neto (Gordo JJ / Old Port) X John Gabriel (Soul Fighters / Rio de Janeiro)
Léo Nogueira (Alliance / São Paulo) X Alexandro Ceconi (Ceconi Team / Cricklewood)
Rodolfo Vieira (GFTeam / Rio de Janeiro) X Xande Ribeiro (Ribeiro JJ / Los Angeles)


1 x Green Group 2 of the Yellow Group
1 Group 2 x Yellow Green Group

Leandro Lo (Cicero Costha / São Paulo) x Felipe Preguiça (Gracie Barra / Belo Horizonte)

22:05 – FINAL
Contest Third Place
Grand Final


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